Super League: Is Kevin Locke the key to Salford's play-off hopes?
Last Updated: 10/07/14 2:33pm
Salford’s latest signing Kevin Locke could be the lynchpin the Devils need to secure their place in the Super League play-offs.
The New Zealand international arrived in the UK last Tuesday before making his impressive debut four days later against last years league winners, Huddersfield.
Locke joins the Super League side earlier than expected after losing his place in the NZ Warriors to former Wigan star Sam Tompkins.
The Auckland native told Boots 'N' All: “Everyone has made me feel welcome; Ieysten has really supported me, especially during this week.
“It’s been awesome – the boys have really got behind me and made me feel like I’m at home”.
The game against Huddersfield was Salford's second win in 11 Super League matches, and they're currently six points adrift of the top eight, however, Locke is determined to help bring the team into a play-off spot.
He added: “I didn’t come over here to just win here and there. Everyone wants to achieve the Championship trophy and I’m here to try contribute to achieve that, so whatever I can do to support that and contribute I’ll be doing everything I possibly can”.
The full-back seems to have settled straight into the team and the Salford set-up appear excited at the prospect of him being a part of their side; captain Adrian Morley said: “Its great that we’ve got him; it's great for Salford and it’s great for the game”.
He is the type of player who will not only excite me and the fans but the whole of Super League. He’s the type of player I have been shouting for to bring into Super League
Dr Marwan Koukash, Owner
The club's owner, Dr Marwan Koukash, is delighted with his new signing claiming he's just what they've been waiting for.
“He is the type of player who will not only excite me and the fans but the whole of Super League," said Koukash. "He’s the type of player I have been shouting for to bring into Super League”.
Head coach Iesytn Harris hailed the 25-year-old a “world class player” and he certainly lived up to the title scoring a try and kicking six from six in his first appearance, helping to secure their 26 point lead against the Giants.
“He’s world class isn’t he?", said the Devils' coach. "He looks composed at the back, he gives you confidence with his talk, he puts some people in the right spots and I thought he looked classy at times today”.
The Red’s currently stand in 12th place, but Harris has confidence that they have got what it takes to make the top eight if they continue with their current momentum.
“We’ve got eight games to go," he added. "Our challenge as a team is to win all eight . We’ve got some tough, physical games along the way. We’ve played three very good teams in the last three weeks and competed exceptionally well with them and we were fortunate to get the result today.
"We have got to make sure that we maintain and improve that level of performance and that level of resilience defensively and if we do that for the next eight games then we will have a fighting chance of being in the eight".